Six African American Men Subjected to Stop and Frisks Pursue Class Action Lawsuit Against Chicago Police

By: Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Chicago has a bigger problem with stop and frisks by police than New York had at the height of its use by New York police, and now six African American black men are suing the city of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy and officers, who were involved in allegedly stopping and [...]

No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge

By: Monday April 20, 2015 4:55 pm

The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, was awarded $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement in 2013. Yet, just over two years later, the officer who fired the shot that hit Boyd in her head has been found “not guilty” by a judge of [...]

Victory for Movement: Chicago Agrees to Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:22 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his administration and lawyers and police torture survivors announced at a city council finance committee hearing that they had agreed upon a package for reparations. The package includes $5.5 million for survivors, public acknowledgment of torture and other non-financial benefits that will help families of survivors heal. From 1972 to 1991, [...]

Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, Who Killed Rekia Boyd While Off-Duty, Finally Goes on Trial

By: Thursday April 9, 2015 8:31 pm

In a rare example of prosecutors seeking to hold a Chicago police officer accountable for a fatal shooting, Dante Servin went on trial for involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. On March 21, 2012, Servin, who was off-duty at the time, responded to a 911 call complaining about noise in Douglas [...]

Attorneys, People Detained by Chicago Police Demand End to Systematic Violations of Right to Access Lawyer

By: Tuesday March 31, 2015 9:15 pm

A leading pro-bono legal defense organization in Chicago has been negotiating with the Chicago Police Department and city of Chicago for months in order to convince officials to enforce resident’s right to attorney when they are arrested by police. Yet, despite the fact that negotiations have been ongoing since last July and there have been [...]

Chicago Has a Bigger Problem with Stop-and-Frisks by Police Than New York Had

By: Monday March 23, 2015 3:12 pm

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois suggests Chicago has a much greater problem with stop-and-frisks by police than New York in 2011, which is considered the “height of the practice” and two years before a court ruled the New York Police Department’s policy violated Fourth Amendment rights. A “sample of 250 [...]

Rahm Emanuel Fails to Show Up for Meeting with Families of Victims Killed by Chicago Police

By: Tuesday March 17, 2015 10:07 am

Over a week ago, on March 5, families of loved ones killed by Chicago police officers held a press conference and demanded a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They requested that he address the issue of police violence. His office scheduled a meeting for March 16 in the early afternoon. However, when multiple families impacted [...]

Family of Young Black Man Killed by Chicago Police Sue City of Chicago, Challenge ‘Code of Silence’

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:24 pm

A civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit was filed in federal court against Chicago police officers and the city of Chicago for the killing of Roshad McIntosh. He was fatally shot by police on August 24, 2014. “I lost my son, he was taken from me,” Cynthia Lane, Roshad’s mother, stated. “I’m really hurt. Roshad’s [...]

Rally Connects Reports of Chicago ‘Black Site’ to Push for Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:21 pm

Young organizers in Chicago held a downtown rally on March 2 to communicate to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the outcome of a recent primary was a message from marginalized communities in the city. That message involves dissatisfaction that Emanuel has failed to support a reparations ordinance for police torture survivors. But organizers also sought to [...]

Chicago Police’s ‘Black Site’: Not Only Have Detainees Been Denied Access to Lawyers But Also Access to Toilets

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 5:46 pm

The Chicago Police Department have denied that they operate a “black site” or secret interrogation facility, where people arrested have been abused and denied access to lawyers. But a previously published account of detention by a 66 year-old grandfather, who was arrested in a raid prior to the NATO summit in May 2012, calls into [...]

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